Planning your Philippines Itinerary
Traveling in the Philippines takes time. Island geography means destinations are disconnected. Flights can be delayed in high season and typhoons will disrupt even the best planned itineraries. Plan to spend at least week in each place as most destinations will take one day to journey between.
So we suggest a 2 week itinerary is enough to travel through Palawan and do a trip with Tao. If you have an 3rd week, then add on another Provence. This is enough time to take it all in, buffer for unforeseen island delays and at the same time get as much as possible out of your trip.
We have put together a few travel guides to help plan your trip through Palawan and what to do in El Nido and Coron.
If you have extra time we suggest a trip up to the rice terraces of the Mountain Provence, Surfing vibes in Siargao, and of course check out our tips for one hectic Day and Night in Manila!
Philippine Arrival Checklist – Flights, Visas & Entry requirements
- Book your international flight arriving in the Capital Manila. However there are also international flights arriving in Cebu, Clark [north of Manila]. Check your passport is valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines.
- For entry into the Philippines you will need to present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.
- As of October 2023, everyone entering the country must fill out the E Travel Pass. We suggest to do this on a desktop before you fly and save the QR code to show at immigration. The mobile version is difficult and time consuming, so fill it out before you leave home.
- Tourist Visas for 30 days are Issued upon entry. An extension is available in Immigration Offices in Manila, Cebu, Puerto Princesa. 60 to 90 days extension cost 3,000 PHP – 4,000 PHP (up to 6,500 pesos if you do it with agencies). Don’t turn up with flip flops, shorts or vest. Make sure you dress up appropriately to see immigration officers.
- The Philippines is mainly a cash economy so you will need to travel with some cash. There are cash machines in El Nido and Coron Town, but it’s a good idea to withdraw from the airport in manila before you arrive in Palawan. International credit cards are accepted in larger establishments such as Tao. Transaction fees are commonly not included in the Philippines so be prepared to pay 3% extra.
- Pick up a SIM card once you arrive in Manila Airport. There are 2 main cell service providers that cover Palawan, Globe and Smart. Cellphone coverage is intermittent and unpredictable. But please take time on your Tao trip to enjoy being disconnected and enjoy a Digital detox.
- All travelers must have their own Travel Insurance. Remember that you will be traveling in a remote island. You should get a travel-insurance policy that cover loss and medical problems, missed and Scheduled Airline Failure connection, theft, and extreme activities.
- Apps to Download for travelers